What a loss
My heart goes out to Mr. Currie, and what a loss to those children at Efland.
It is time to stop this ridiculous dialogue that parents seem to continue when the children are already way beyond it.
Thanks, Mr. Currie. I wish I had a child young enough to be in your class.
An exemplary teacher
It is very sad that some parents are horrified that their children have been informed, very gently and appropriately, that some people of the same gender love one another.
It is worse that those parents think they are the ones being bullied, and that their discomfort outweighs that of a child being ridiculed by his peers.
Dear concerned parents, is it too much to ask you to educate yourselves just a little bit about the real lives, concerns, and humanity of actual gay and lesbian people, not the stereotypes and horrors that homophobes pass along to one another? You could start by reading some books, including Christian theology, that present another perspective, or meeting with Mr. Currie, who is clearly an exemplary teacher, and could no doubt calm your worries.
There is a terrific, informative film for religious people who think God hates gays, written by a graduate of Vanderbilt, called “Fish Out Of Water.” I highly recommend it for everyone who wants to know what Judeo-Christian scripture does, and does not say, about homosexuality.
Meantime, please, simmer down. No matter what you have been told, there is no Homosexual Agenda, and no one is trying to recruit you or your children. There are just a lot of people, gay and straight, who want acceptance and fairness for all our neighbors, and an end to bullying. That’s all.
No ‘right’ preference
It sounds like this teacher is making the children think. That is why they attend school, right?
So long as he is not enforcing that straight or gay is the the “right” preference, it sounds like he just opened up some little minds with provocative thought. Bravo.
Not helping matters
For over 5,000 years of recorded human history homosexuality has been a fringe behavior that has been at best tolerated and at worst persecuted and scorned. But it has never been sanctioned or approved of by any society, religious faith, or government.
Currently, estimates are that 4 percent of the population is homosexual and the debate continues whether homosexuality is determined at birth through DNA or through environment and upbringing and experiences.
It is wholly unreasonable and absurd to expect everyone to reverse these facts and our traditional beliefs with the snap off a finger or the demands of the homosexual activists who expect all of humanity to just turn on a dime and change what we have all believed in for 5,000 years and what our religious faiths teach us.
And calling us all “homophobes” and haters and worse is not helping matters at all.
Tolerance is NOT approval or acceptance. We are the most pluralistic society that has ever existed. The most forgiving and the most tolerant. But people cannot change overnight, and to expect that is ridiculously stupid and uninformed. To most of the world still, homosexuality is unnatural and deviant and will remain so. Only 20 or so countries out of 193 U.N. member nations approve of homosexuality, and no major religious faith does. Just some facts to add perspective.
Clinton a fighter
Long before she served as a U.S. Senator, Hillary Clinton’s commitment to public service took root inside the walls of her childhood Methodist church. As a high school student in Illinois, Clinton began to learn that faith must be lived out through a lens of social justice and human rights.
Upon first hearing Martin Luther King Jr. when he visited Chicago in 1962, Clinton began to see the social and racial struggles that were taking places throughout the U.S.. As a minister trained in both law and theology, I see in Clinton a fighter for the marginalized, a voice for the struggling, and a comforter for the overburdened.
Clinton has also come to be one of our nation’s greatest advocates for my generation, the millennials. As senator, she fought to expand college affordability by introducing legislation to boost awareness of student financial aid through outreach programs. She also fought to restore the Bush administration’s cuts to Pell grants, and cosponsored legislation to establish centers on college campuses to assist veterans.
I serve as the state director of New Leaders Council, which works to recruit, train and promote the progressive entrepreneurs of tomorrow – trendsetters, elected officials and civically engaged leaders in business and industry who will shape our state’s future. Over and over again, I find millennials craving to be led by authentic public voices not afraid to share the faith that spurs them to social action. The millennials I know see beyond the polarizing reality that has defined faithful discourse for much of the 20th century. They see another way, a way that Clinton understands.
North Carolina is a state where people are not afraid to share their faith, and strive to reclaim the victories of the civil rights leaders who guided us forward. Here in North Carolina, however, we have experienced significant challenges to progress. Cuts to our university system, cuts to our public schools, and cuts to health-care access have defined the past several years of legislative action. Secretary Clinton understands these challenges, but more importantly, she understands how to work with people of faith, including a new generation of leaders, as we seek to restore a commitment to justice and equal opportunity right here at home.
Stop dog abuse
Do you love dogs? If you do, you should know that dogs are being killed every day by dog abuse.
People should know about all of the ways dogs are being abused so they can stop it. One way to know a dog might be abused is if there are purple or red rings around the legs showing someone hurt their feet, maybe by hanging and beating them by the legs. These loving creatures deserve more than that.
Another way of knowing a dog is being abused is burn marks, such as by cigarettes. This needs to stop. That is why everybody should know how to report it.
I know it might not help every dog being abused, But if we can save at least one life isn’t that important? If we can disseminate this information it will save lives.
If you see these signs or even more signs you know about dog abuse, please, please report it. WE need to stop it now; you don’t want a shortage of these amazing, and friendly animals. As Theodor W. Adorna said “Auschwitz begins wherever someone looks at a slaughterhouse and thinks: they’re only animals.”
It would be great if Man’s Best Friend was finally treated how he deserved!
Mary Scroggs Elementary School
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